Player profile: Patrick Onwuasor

Patrick Onwuasor could see an increased role this season. Read on to see what that could be, what to expect, and more.

With a drastically different system in place on offense for the Arizona Wildcats, there are going to be certain players that benefit significantly from the change.

While there is the inevitable transition period, there are several players in place that have the natural tools to jump in and contribute early.

One young player to keep a close eye on during fall camp is wide receiver Patrick Onwuasor. A season ago, Onwuasor was impressing in offseason camps and there were some rumblings that he could force his way into the rotation as a true freshman.

While the depth at wideout prevented that from happening, many believed it would only be a matter of time before Onwuasor was making an impact on the field.

The changing of coaching staff has now put everything up in the air. The system that Rich Rodriguez runs is a vastly different version of that spread than what was previously implemented by former offensive coordinator in Sonny Dykes.

Rodriguez's version tends to emphasize the run more, but that doesn't exclude Onwuasor from potentially developing into a big time contributor in the Wildcats' new system.

Onwuasor stands at 6-foot-2 and possesses a strong set of hands. He also has an ample amount of speed and quickness, which are two factors that are essential for succeeding in the new system. With decent size, good hands and respectable speed, Onwuasor matches the makeup of the type of wideout that is generally successful.

At West Virginia, Rodriguez was able to produce a successful passing attack by utilizing receivers like Rasheed Marshall and the late Chris Henry. Both Marshall and Henry have similar makeup to Onwuasor. With the body to extend out of the reach of defensive backs and the athleticism to be a playmaker, Onwuasor has what other star college football players possessed while playing for Rodriguez.

At Michigan, similar players made the most impact at receiver. In his final two years as Wolverines head coach, Rodriguez's leading receivers were Roy Roundtree, Darryl Stonum, Junior Hemingway and Greg Matthews. Each player from that group is over 6-foot tall and have similar skill-sets to Onwuasor.

The biggest concern for Onwuasor is his lack of college experience. Without seeing the field for any action in 2011, it's hard to gauge how well he will produce without a legitimate sample size to work with.

Onwuasor is an impressive athlete, however, and Rodriguez usually gets the most out of those. Assuming he can crack the rotation in 2012, Onwuassor will have an opportunity to shine early in his career.

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